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Four escape death as two story building collapses in Owerri



No fewer than four persons were severely wounded when a two-story building collapsed, Sunday, Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The incident which happened at 4:34pm at No. 10 Amaram street, caused panic in the area as people scampered for safety.

An eyewitness who assisted in rescuing the victims said that four persons were pulled out from under the debris as at the time of filing this report, while the search and rescue operation continued late into the night.

According to the source, “on arrival, we saw rescue workers. We quickly swung into action and rescued four persons. Two who are critically injured have been rushed to the hospital.”

One of the survivors simply identified as Paul, said that he had to jump out from the building after he observed a strange noise, adding shortly after that, there was a loud sound and the building caved in.

Another eyewitness said “this building has remained uncompleted for over 20 years.This highly unfortunate. The blocks have soaked water leading to its collapse. Surprisingly the owner of the house left this place shortly before it collapsed.

“It is my suggestion that buildings that have stayed long without being completed should be either demolished or taken over to the government. This is a death trap.”

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